PROJECT DOCC HOUSTON

Rating: 4.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 4502 Woodside St % Elaine Hime Houston TX 77023 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project DOCC Houston uses the experiences of parents who have children with disabilities and chronic illnesses to teach pediatric resident physicians about the daily challenges faced by such families and how the residents can have a positive impact in the care of these children. I have been involved with this organization since 2004 as a parent teacher using the experience I have gained as the mother of a son who has autism. Project DOCC Houston works to improve the care that children with disabilities and chronic illnesses receive and supports their families. I have found it personally rewarding to take an experience (having a child with a disability) that some people view negatively and turning that into a positive learning experience that benefits other families and the pediatric medical community of Houston

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the respect that physicians and residents have shown to me and my son

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it receive more stable funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

more opportunities for sharing among the families

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes it was a real positive experience getting to know the other families and learning from their experiences.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

important

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am the mother of a 20 year old son who has autism and is developmentally delayed. By participating in Project DOCC Houston I share the experiences I have had with him in health care settings with pediatric resident physicians to help them learn of the issues families like mine face. I have participated in home visits where the residents visit the homes of the volunteer families, parent interviews where the residents do an in-depth interview with the volunteer parent and the Grand Rounds panel presentation where 4or 5 parents present their stories to the class of residents and other healthcare professionals. I also help in the training of other volunteer parents and in the writing of grant proposals for the organization. I truly enjoy interacting with the residents although we are not always on the same wavelength and it is difficult at times to grasp how they are taking in what we are telling them. I also enjoy being a part of such a diverse group of parent volunteers and I am happy to be a resource to them since I have an older child.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The positive feedback I have gotten from 2 of my son's doctors who attended one of the Grand Rounds presentations and the positive experiences I have had with residents at Texas Childrens Hospital.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide at least on an annual basis an update and further training for all the parent volunteers and more opportunities for the parents to interact and network.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being a voice for other families like mine facing challenges with the healthcare system and bringing about change by training the residents.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All very supportive of families like mine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change how the whole world views children with disabilities an chronic illnesses.

Ways to make it better...

More time was taken for additional training.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Obtaining grants to keep the program in existence

One thing I'd also say is that...

Participating in this group has truly empowered me as the parent of child with a disability.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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